In keeping with his "messiah" image, Sen. Barack Obama might have been
more at home in Bethlehem, Pa., than in Unity, N.H., when he and his
"former" nemesis, Sen. Hillary Clinton, opened their new act on the road to mixed reviews.
We are supposed to forget everything they said about each other during
the primaries. They didn't really mean it - or did they? This is why so
many people are cynical about politicians. You never know if they are
telling you what you want to hear, or what they hope you'll swallow in
spite of evidence to the contrary.
As recently as late February, Hillary Clinton told "The 700 Club,"
"there is a certain phenomenon associated with [Obama's] candidacy ...
dangerously oversimplifies the complexity of the problems we face, the
challenge of navigating our country through some difficult, uncharted
waters." Has Mr. Obama become a ship's captain in so short a time?
Mrs. Clinton opposed lifting the ceiling on Social Security payroll
taxes, which Mr. Obama favors. Last November during the Democratic
presidential debate in Las Vegas, she said, "I do not want to fix the
problems of Social Security on the backs of middle-class families and
seniors. If you lift the cap, that is a $1 trillion tax increase. I
don't think we need to do that." For a Democrat to oppose a tax
increase is surprising enough, but does Mrs. Clinton now support Mr.
In March on CNN's "Newsroom," she questioned Mr. Obama's readiness
to be commander in chief. She said she and Sen. John McCain had crossed
"the commander in chief threshold.... You will have to ask Sen. Obama
with respect to his candidacy." Is he now suddenly ready?
On MSNBC's "Hardball," Mrs. Clinton mocked Mr. Obama for arguing
that, "living in a foreign country at the age of 10 prepares one to
face big, complex, international challenges the next president will
Mr. Obama was also highly critical of Mrs. Clinton, saying in
January she is "willing to say anything to get a political or tactical
advantage," a tactic he said "[erodes] people's trust in government"
and that she is "part of a perpetual campaign that ... keeps us from
solving problems." Mr. Obama also ridiculed Mrs. Clinton's claims to
experience, saying they amount to "osmosis, as a consequence of having
been first lady."
Mr. Obama has been at odds with himself, as well as Mrs. Clinton. He
told Iraqi leaders he would consult with them and the U.S. military,
but he has also said before such consultations he will order a
withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
On nuclear power, he was for it before he was against it. Last July,
he said, "I actually think we should explore nuclear power as part of
the energy mix." He repeated his support of nuclear power in September,
but by December he said, "I am not a nuclear energy proponent."
Throughout the campaign, Mr. Obama said the D.C. gun ban law was
constitutional, but on the day the Supreme Court found otherwise, Mr.
Obama said, "it went beyond constitutional limits."
Now Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama want to erase our memory banks, like
that gizmo in the film "Men in Black." They even color-coordinated
their outfits to demonstrate how in-sync they have suddenly become. One
needn't have been a fly on the wall at their private meetings to
conclude some debt relief has been promised to the Hillary campaign in
exchange for her support (though she and Bill have made enough money to
relieve their own debt, but like true liberals they want others to pay
Speaking of Bill, the London Daily Telegraph reports the former
president has told friends Mr. Obama will have to "kiss my... " to get
his support. That he announced his "support" through an aide and not in
person doesn't speak well for a unified party.
For all the talk of unity, it isn't union. One awaits the moment on
"Meet the Press" or some other venue when Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama
are asked if they meant what they said about each other during the
primary campaign, or should we believe what they are saying now?
If they were lying then, we can't trust him as president. If they were telling the truth then, we can't afford him as president.